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Universiteit Gent (RUG)

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tdonn
Technische Universitńt Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
4th and 5th year, Graduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
The homepage of my department is not in English, yet. So it was hard to figure out what options I could have.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
3
Costs
1
Activities
2
Campus life
1
Party / people
3
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
Visit it before if you can or try to arrive 1 or 2 weeks before the courses start to get a room, check with administration, university, language courses, etc.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
Its a nice place. I like the people and their mentality as well as the food including the French Fries (Belgian invention)and really good food. The city is small enough to find one's way arroung and large enough to have fun. The Erasmus-office team is really good as well as the Erasmus student network (ESN). For travelling: Brussels, Antwerp and the cost are close. But also Rotterdam, Paris and Cologne and London are not too far. The weekends may be boring at fist, because everybody goes to his/her parents'place. The students are mostly pretty young (18-23)and student life sometimes seems weird or very teenage-like. The courses are very school-like which is good for Erasmus-students because it is easier to find one's way around but it does not always seem to be real academic (whatever my notion of that means) because students get told what to do and do not need to take too much respansability. But there is also students who really get involved a lot.
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Modern, diverse and promising
Suad K
Belgium, Graduate
Marketing and Sales Management, 2020
Overall
The University of Ghent is a beautiful school to study at. The first days are a bit difficult because of the transition from secondary school but the teachers, employees, and students know how to make a student feel at home. The study level is very challenging and makes you well-prepared for the big world. 
What I like the most, is the environment which encourages diversity and durability. Ghent is a very diverse city to begin with and is called the "bike city" because of the low emission zone in the center, where no cars are allowed to drive. All in all, it's a modern, diverse and promising university where I have enjoyed my stay.
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Pros
Festive, diverse and durable environment
Cons
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Gonšalo P
Instituto Superior TÚcnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Chemistry, Undergraduate, Internship in spin-off company from the Gent Biosciences Eng
Overall
I wish I had known...
Nothing really in particular. It might be advisable to start making contacts for housing before arriving in Gent itself, in case you are doing this particularly.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
1
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Good environment, of teachers and colleagues alike. The courses are overall fairly demanding, and the atmosphere is trully international, especially with people from other european countries.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
If you are planning on going for an international experience, you might already know this, but it helps a lot to interact, since the beginning, with as many other groups of people as possible. They will help you overcome most of your problems initially (all the small bureocracies) and become excellent friends and travelling partners later on. The social life was perhaps the most important part of my exchange experience, so be prepared for meeting new and different people from a lot of other places. Guranteed fun! ;)
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Organizational and Industrial psychology at the University of Ghent
Camille B
Belgium, Graduate
Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, 2018
Overall
Currently I'm completing my masters in Organizational and Industrial psychology at the University of Ghent. I'm really glad I follow those courses at the university of Ghent.  Our university scores really high in the international ratings, also for psychology. I learned so many interesting topics of psychology, I would definitely recommend this course. Besides going to university, there is a great student life in Ghent, there are many cosy bars, restaurants and so much more.
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Pros
interesting courses, internship of 6 months
Cons
there should be more evaluations of essays and team works during the year
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Beita
Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain
Education, Graduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
In Flanders, the mother tongue is Dutch, not French.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
2
Costs
2
Activities
4
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
Very good. People here are very kind. In fact they are lovely!!!!!! Lots of fun, beer, parties. This is the city to have fun. Time to study??? What studies?
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
2
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Travel : This was very good. The cities where old, lots of history, art. Ghent is also in the center of Europe. So this is your chance to travel in Europe, like going to London, Paris, Amsterdam. Only thing, it is so cold overhere!
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Demanding but a lot to offer
Aleksandra S
Belgium, Graduate
Chemistry, 2020
Overall
If you like going out, fast life and interesting challenges, UGent might be for you. Professors will expect a lot from you, but they are often available if you have questions about the course. The educational program changed this year (Bach 2017-2020) and is still in development, so some chaos is to be expected (exam form, planning, course material...). Overal impression of the university is very good, of the Flemish community itself a little lower.
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Pros
Good quality of learning, challenges, numerous options for development and helping staff
Cons
Rather closed student community, sometimes chaotic, VERY time consuming (lessons 8h30-17h30 every day)
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